Jury finds Indiana woman guilty of murdering 3-year-old

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Jennifer Schooler

RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. – A woman was convicted Wednesday for the murder of a 3-year-old in Ripley County.

After four hours of deliberation, a jury found Jennifer Schooler guilty on all charges, including murder, aggravated battery causing death, and neglect of a dependent causing death.

In May, Schooler was sentenced to a total of 67.5 years in prison.

The investigation began in August 2015 after Schooler called Batesville police and told them that her boyfriend’s 3-year-old son Bradyn Chadwell was unresponsive.

Chadwell was initially revived at the scene and taken to Margaret Mary Community Hospital; he was later flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital. Chadwell died on August 14, 2015.

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital said that Chadwell had multiple bruises on his head, leg, buttocks and arm; retinal hemorrhages; a subdural hematoma; a rib fracture; a finger fracture; and a thumb fracture.

It was later determined that Chadwell died from a head injury.

Schooler told investigators conflicting reports about how Chadwell died. Police interviewed her on August 17, and she allegedly admitted to spanking Chadwell with a wooden spoon while holding onto his arm. She told police that she then pushed or shoved him into a coffee table, and that’s how he hit his head.

Schooler faces a maximum sentence of 65 years.